McCants Stewart


This postcard of McCants Stewart and his family is addressed to Mrs. Allen Flowers of Lents, Oregon. Allen Flowers was an early black settler in the Portland area who eventually bought land on Mt. Scott (part of which is now the Willamette National Cemetery). McCants Stewart moved to Portland in 1902, becoming one of the state’s first black lawyers and co-founder of the black newspaper, the Advocate. In 1906, he sued the Star Theater for denying him a seat because of his race. He won before the Oregon Supreme Court. He is seen here with his wife Mary Stewart (back center), their daughter Mary Katherine, his sister Carlotta Stewart (left), and Mary’s sister Harriet Anna Weir (right). This photograph dates from 1907. Learn more about McCants Stewart from the Oregon History Project



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  • 38666; Photo file 1008

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